With Stieg Larsson’s bestselling crime novel “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” such a hit in recent years in book stores, Sony had hoped to deliver another literary-to-film box-office sensation that would hopefully emulate the success achieved by the likes of “The Da Vinci Code”. They didn’t get it.
David Fincher’s $90 million adaptation has taken in $60 million domestically over the past two weeks, not too shabby but not exactly setting the box-office on fire either. Most countries worldwide don’t start getting the film until later this month but even international is expected to be a little soft thanks to the success of the Swedish language version which pulled in $104 million globally back in late 2009/early 2010. Reviews for both versions were equally solid, the difference in numbers on sites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic proved negligible.
Previously Sony has talked about plans to adapt the other two books in Larsson’s Millennium series – “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”. With ‘Tattoo’ under performing though, is that plan still going ahead? “[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book” a studio rep tells Entertainment Weekly.
At last report scribe Steven Zaillian, who adapted ‘Tattoo’, has already begun work on penning the script for ‘Fire’. Fincher has previously discussed shooting the next two films back-to-back, but whether that plan is still viable is unsure.